Feature CD Of The Week: Zan Stewart's "The Street Is Making Music"
For Release: April 21, 2014
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 4/20/2014
This week's Feature CD is from a very well versed jazz entity. The artist is American
jazz writer, musician, and former disk jockey Zan Stewart, and his album is titled The Street Is Making Music.
Stewart began playing piano at the age of 5, picked up clarinet at 6, and saxophone
at 15. He is a West Coast guy who comes from a family that was totally connected with
the film and publishing business.
While always keeping a hand in the music business Stewart became a jazz journalist
who has contributed to newspapers and magazines beginning in the 80's and continuing
till his retirement in 2010. He is proud of the fact that as a journalist he had the
chance to interview the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Joe
Henderson, and a host of other jazz legends.
Zan Stewart has performed with a great many skilled and talented musicians since he
first entered the field in 1975. This is his first solo effort, and he says that he
wanted to stay with a basic tenor-piano-bass-drums acoustic format.
He offers standards and originals on the album and all are peppy and upbeat with a
happiness that cannot be denied. This is a great CD for jazz fans who enjoy the fun
that the sound of jazz can bring.